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Old 04-24-15, 01:18 PM   #46
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Passed 90k and I got my brake pads changed at my friends shop for $258 including tax and everything. This price also includes brake fluid flush and rotor resurfacing. Couldn't be happier, but the only thing I'm worried about is I hear my brakes squeaking randomly when pulling up to a red light. It doesn't happen always but when it does I cringe. Does anyone know why they might be doing that? I'll take my car into his shop for him to check it out in a few days.
the squeak/squeal could be due to the clips and shims were not cleaned/regreased properly... i have found that while many 3rd party shops have a more reasonable rate to do brake jobs, i have yet to see one, including mine, grease these clips/shims... they usually just cut the rotor and then throw the new pads in... the hardware never gets addressed...

i have since purchased my own 3RX, so maybe next brake interval, i'll do a writeup on how to regrease the hardware...
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Can someone show me where to buy the OEM break pads and rotors?

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Old 05-31-15, 07:00 PM   #48
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I apologize for disappearing for the last three years. Frequent travels to SE Asia over that time took its toll on my ability to monitor my threads. However, I'm back and can follow up on a number of topics, including this one.

I traded in my RX three days ago, after five years of excellent service and stellar performance. The odometer had 117,000 kilometers (73K miles) on it and the brake pads were the original factory pads. So, they can go a fair distance before replacement. However, I must stress that I use the transmission to slow down a lot.
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Welcome back Johnny and thanks for the update. So what are you driving now that you traded in the RX?
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For anyone who is interested, I just completed a 4-wheel brake job on my 2013 RX 350. What a piece of cake. The first wheel (front left) took about an hour because it was my first time on a Lexus. The other three wheels took about 20 minutes each. I purchased new rotors and ceramic pads marketed by Brake Motive on ebay. Yes, I got the drilled/slotted rotors, even though they do not add any real benefit, in most cases. Don't bother making comments about how "stupid" I am, like someone did to another person who bought the d/s rotors.

We bought the car from a dealer with 45K, and no knowledge of any brake work. There was a bit of modulation in the rotors on turns while braking, so I just decided to go with all new stuff. Wow!! The car stops so much better, and the brakes are so smooth, and quiet. My wife is ecstatic.

It's an easy job....if you have some mechanical talent, don't pay a dealer nearly $1000 for a complete job. DIY, take your time, and save some money.
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Old 10-14-16, 06:30 PM   #52
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Has anyone cleaned their slide pins before? Mine was stuck so I pulled it for new lube. When I tried to reinsert it, it felt even more stuck. I'm assuming the black bushing got stuck near the beginning. Any ideas?

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No, but I wonder if it is just stuck on some dried lube left in the hole. I trust you cleaned it and the hole and looked into the hole with a flashlight. It looks like you coated it with Sil-Glyde, my favorite brake slide pin lube. Maybe spray out the hole with brake cleaner and a swab.
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I'm a first time Lexus owner. After of 25 years of owning Acura and Hondas I have given up and went to Lexus I have always done my own brake jobs and used Akebono brake pads because they state that they are the oem manufacturer for Honda. I also see the same claim for Lexus and Toyota. Rockauto.com has some good prices. Has any of you tried these pads on your cars?
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Default Changed front brake pads this weekend

I changed the wife's front brake pads in like 45 mins this past Saturday. I think the longest part was removing the tires and putting them back on. This is a useful skill for anybody who enjoys fixing their vehicles for themselves.
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As the original owner of a 2014 RX350, I just did the front pads and rotors at 38k KM. The inside pad on both sides was almost down to metal, the outers had alot of meat left.. had tons of heavy rust on the inside of the rotors and I mean chunks of rust..I do live up north.. so climate is a factor..I do have an auto mechanic background so doing the work was straight forward but was anticipating stuck guide pin or a stuck caliper piston, nope nadda.. everything looked and worked just as it should. I do mostly city driving, stop and go.. but have usually gotten twice the milage out of a set of pads and rotors on my other vehicles. Seems the RX likes to eat front pads and rotors...I dunno?..

One oddity I did notice was the slide pin grease from the factory was brown in color.. almost looked like normal axel grease.. not synthetic/silicon but the pin's did slide easily .. no nightmares.. no torch etc..

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